Given the number of hours that your family spends in the car, why would you spend any less time choosing a car seat than you did baby proofing your home? There are a number of convertible car seats available on the market, which have performed well in crash-tests, and have been rated highly by the parents who use them.
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This is the most economical car seat offered by the brand that consistently scores highest both in consumer reviews and commercial crash testing. It is rated for rear-facing positions for children up to 15.9kg., and front facing positions up to 18.1kg. It is a great choice for parents whose children have outgrown an infant carrier before turning a year old.
This car seat is a great low-budget option. A no-frills convertible, it has fewer features than other car seats of its class, but performs just as well in crash testing as more expensive brands. It can be used in rear facing positions for children between 5 and 35lbs., and forward facing for children 9-18kg.
Sunshine Kids Radian 65
This is absolutely the best car seat options for parents of heavier children. It gets top safety ratings in the rear facing position all the way to 18.1 Kilogram, and can be used forward facing to 29.5kg. While other car seats have a plastic inner frame, this car seat uses steel. This gives it a more narrow design which conserves back seat space, but also makes it heavy. It is not ideal for parents who need to move their car seat between vehicles often.
This car seat is a slightly more pricey, and more heavy duty car seat than the Roundabout, but offers all the same great features. It is rated safe for children up to 29.5kg., and should be considered by parents who want to enjoy the Britax reputation, but have a heavier child.
This car seat is a nice mid-grade option which features a removable cup holder and machine washable cover. It is rated safe for children up to 15.9kg. rear facing, and up to 22.7kg. forward facing. Its infinitely adjustable shoulder straps make it one of the most customisable fits on the market.
Graco MyRide 65
This car seat is well designed for those who go on long car trips, featuring dual cup holders, and a toddler nap pillow. It is rated rear facing for children up to 18.1kg. and rear facing for children up to 29.5kg.
Safety 1st Avenue
This low-budget car seat has slots for adjustment of both the shoulder straps and the crotch latch, but is less padded than other car seats. It is rated safe for rear facing children up to 15.9kg., and forward facing up to 18.1kg..
Safety 1st Complete Air
This very new car seat has a significantly different design than others in its class. Its back rest, and head wings feature pads at each side of the head that would release air in the case of a side impact accident for extra protection and shock absorption. It is also one of the tallest convertible car seats and should be seriously considered by parents who have a child with a long torso. Its rear facing positions are safe for children up to 18.1kg., and can be used forward facing up to 22.7kg.
This car seat has a 15.9kg. rear-facing weight limit and a 31.8kg. forward-facing weight limit. It has 18-19 inch top slots for shoulder height adjustment, and is one of the most well padded cars seats on the market.
The First Years True Fit
This car seat if fully lined with EPP foam for great overall protection. It has a removable head rest for rear-facing infants who weigh less than 9.98kg, and can be used rear facing for children up to 15.9kg. It is specially designed for easy installation in smaller vehicles, and can be used forward facing to 29.5kg.
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